Pistons Notes: Jackson, Plumlee, Sirvydis, Grant, Griffin

The Pistons‘ two-year deal with Josh Jackson is worth the full room exception, according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link). With no options on year two, Jackson is assured of earning about $9.77MM over the course of the deal, including $4.77MM in 2020/21.

Newly-signed big man Mason Plumlee, meanwhile, also has no options on the final season of his new contract with the club. The three-year deal, initially reported as being worth $25MM, technically has an overall value of $24.66MM, but it does feature a 10% trade kicker, per Smith (Twitter link).

Finally, Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas (Twitter link) provides the details on Deividas Sirvydisnew contract. The 2019 second-round pick inked a three-year, minimum-salary deal that features full guarantees in years one and two, with a non-guaranteed salary in 2022/23.

Here’s more on the Pistons:

  • In a conference call with reporters today, Pistons GM Troy Weaver said that Jerami Grant was the team’s top target in free agency and that he believes the forward has All-Defensive potential (Twitter links via Omari Sankofa II of The Detroit Free Press and Eric Woodyard of ESPN). “The Pistons had two iterations of great teams, and Jerami could have played on both teams,” Weaver said of Grant (Twitter link via James Edwards III of The Athletic).
  • Weaver also said that both Grant and Josh Jackson were players the team wanted to pursue aggressively when free agency opened, per Keith Langlois of Pistons.com. “Both tremendous young men,” Weaver said. “Bring exactly what we needed for this team – long, versatile athletes that can play multiple positions. That’s today’s NBA.”
  • While the Pistons will likely be cautious with Blake Griffin after he missed most of 2019/20 with a knee injury, the former All-NBA forward isn’t interested in minutes restrictions, head coach Dwane Casey said this week (Twitter link via Edwards). “He’s full-go,” Casey said. “… We’re a different team with him.”
  • The Pistons announced today in a press release that their signing of veteran shooting guard Wayne Ellington is now official. His minimum-salary contract is fully guaranteed, tweets Keith Smith.
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13 thoughts on “Pistons Notes: Jackson, Plumlee, Sirvydis, Grant, Griffin

  1. thekayz

    The Pistons seem to have 16 fully guaranteed contracts for 2020-2021. Maybe we just haven’t heard that they really are waiving McGruder?

    • Luke Adams

      I think they probably planned to waive him, then determined they didn’t need to in order to open up cap room for all their signings. But yeah, he still looks like the odd man out if they don’t make a preseason trade.

      • thekayz

        Last year the Pistons had Christian Wood competing in camp against Joe Johnson for the last spot on the roster. This year it may be McGruder v. Ellington.

          • x%sure

            It was clearly described as such, on this site and others, minionbot. Unbelievable.

  2. thekayz

    I’m surprised Plumlee didn’t have a team option on that 3rd year. I figured that would help explain the higher than expected annual dollars. I guess I was wrong.

  3. bazutoo

    How much salary would the celtics have to give up to get griffin. If he’s healthy he can play a small ball 5.

  4. formerlyz

    Detroit putting together an interesting roster, adding multiple defenders and wing shooters, if they can stay healthy…which is potentially an issue when 2 of your better players are Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose

    Josh Jackson
    Wayne Ellington
    Saddiq Bey
    Jerami Grant
    Blake Griffin

    Derrick Rose, Delon Wright, Sekou Doumbouya, Svi Mykhailiu, Isaiah Stewart/Okafor/Mason Plumlee, Killian Hayes

    …if they’re keeping McGruder, he should obviously be in that rotation

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      They’re not paying Plumlee all that money for him to sit on the bench. He will start

      • formerlyz

        theoretically its in line with certain other backup bigs, so I dont see the big deal…I think this rotation would make a lot of sense, assuming health

  5. KnickerbockerAl

    Always liked Josh Jackson in college. Thought he’d make a good pro. Has really gotten mins. But time is running out. He should start for Pistons. Maybe he finally shows.

    • formerlyz

      He is on the verge of a breakout once he is finally used correctly. Thought several teams should be in on him as a defender/2nd or 3rd playmaking guard/combo forward. Detroit has grabbed a few guys that fit some of those teams that badly need defense at those positions

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